Yearly Archives: 2013

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont nets $350,000 for housing condition improvements

THURSDAY, - November 14, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced $350,000 in grants awarded to four organizations across Vermont to improve housing conditions for limited income rural residents

Merchants Bank grant helps vulnerable Vermont households build financial skills and credit

Burlington, VT - November 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Merchants Bank is making a grant to help the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) Growing Money Program provide financial education and build financial skills for over 600 vulnerable Vermont households. Although the economy has been slowly mending since the 2009 downturn, many low income Vermonters have yet to experience increased financial stability and asset building. Recent cuts to basic services like 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamps) and Head Start, as well as stagnant wages and rising costs, are putting even more pressure on fragile households

AG announces two settlements for lead

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 8, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Two Vermont landlords have agreed to bring their rental properties in Springfield and Poultney into compliance with the Vermont Lead in Housing law. Landlords Allyn Bruce and Betty Battles have each entered into a settlement with the Vermont Attorney General for failure to perform lead compliance checks and to perform essential maintenance practices required by The two settlements are the latest in an ongoing campaign to bring properties into compliance with the Lead in Housing Law.

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art to host “Re-Building for Flood Resiliency: A...

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - November 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Norwich University will host a design charette on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 8, in the Chaplin Hall Gallery in which speakers will present on designing for flood resiliency, and a team of architects, planners, preservationists, ecological managers and green building and energy-efficiency experts will join Norwich students in brainstorming best practices for designing and building flood-resilient structures


WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today approved a $17.9 million disaster recovery plan by the State of Vermont to help local communities to recover from the lingering effects of Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011. Earlier this year, HUD allocated these disaster recovery funds to Vermont through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Receives $16.6 Million In Home Heating Assistance

MONDAY, - November 5, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who have pressed for the release of federal home heating aid funds as winter weather has descended on Vermont, welcomed the federal release Monday of $16.6 million in heating assistance to the state.

State Treasurer Pearce Announces Unclaimed Property Receipts at $64 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 5, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Could you use an unexpected $385 in cash? That’s the average claim amount paid by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office last fiscal year to the 13,435 individuals who discovered they had unclaimed financial property. State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced today that there’s now more than $64 million in Vermont’s unclaimed property fund. She urged Vermonters to check and see if any of this money is theirs.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Officials in the Town of Georgia recently determined that two properties in their town have lost value because of their proximity to a utility-scale wind project.

Financing Available for Home Energy Projects

Burlington VT - October 16, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Residents of more than a dozen Vermont communities can now get help covering the upfront cost of energy projects for their homes, but they will need to act by October 31st

Renewable Energy 2013 Conference addresses Permitting and Siting of Energy

Montpelier, VT - October 9, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Vermonters like independent, local and sustainable initiatives. Following these values, the last few years have seen a strong advancement in renewables in Vermont – from wind and solar, to biomass, geothermal and hydropower. This success has brought new conversations to the table about the changes in Vermont’s landscape as we move to a renewable, resilient energy future

Winners to be announced at the 2013 Better Homes Awards event

Williston, Vermont - October 7, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont (HBRANV), is pleased to announce our Better Homes Award (BHA) Event happening this year on November 7, 2013 at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Leahy Center for Lake Champlain from 7 PM – 9 PM and this will be open to the public to attend this year. One of the Boards goals is to inform and educate the public about our Association, our members and what we do. This program will be able to do just that

Grand Opening of Johnson’s Sterling Market met with enthusiastic celebration

Johnson, VT - October 7, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Johnson’s Sterling Market opened with a public ceremony celebrating the renaissance of the new downtown supermarket on October 3, 2013. The store had a “soft” opening on October 1, and had over 2,000 customers through its doors in the first two days. The town has been without a grocery store for over two years.

Shulman Siblings Conserve Land in Foothills of Mt. Anthony

Bennington - October 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- More than 15 years ago, Albert and Rachel Shulman began talking to the Vermont Land Trust about conserving their land located at the end of Pleasant Valley Road. After they passed away, their four children decided to conserve a 261-acre portion of the property.

Nearly 1,700 acres in Glover and Greensboro Conserved

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Vermont Land Trust and the Greensboro Land Trust are happy to announce that a large stretch of well-managed forest—filled with unique natural and historical features—was conserved on Thursday, September 12

Be Ready, Be Safe: September is Preparedness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 11, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Buy an extra gallon of water the next time you’re at the grocery store. Bring it home, store it away and don’t drink it. You have started building your emergency preparedness kit.

Fish & Wildlife Dept Acquires Two New Land Parcels for Conservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Lewis Creek Streambank property is a 323-acre area of conserved land owned by the Department to protect streamside habitat and provide access along the stream for hunting and fishing. Recently, the Department acquired an additional 65 acres that has been added to this property in the towns of Hinesburg and Monkton. The 65 acres are along Lewis Creek and were sold at a discounted rate by Ray and Pat Mainer of Hinesburg to the department

Welch Joins Bipartisan Coalition in Introducing Bill to Encourage Saving for Home Down Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Last week, Rep. Peter Welch joined with Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), John Carney (D-DE) and Daniel Webster (R-FL) to introduce the “Creating Homeownership Opportunities Act.” This is bipartisan legislation that would create a pre-tax savings program -- similar to a Health Savings Account -- for the purpose of saving toward a down payment on a first home. Rep. Welch made the following comments after introducing the legislation

Governor Shumlin Announces $2 Million in Downtown Tax Credits

MORRISVILLE - July 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the allocation of nearly $2 million in tax credits to support about $18 million in building improvements and investment to help revitalize Vermont’s downtowns and community centers. Competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, this year’s tax credits went to 31 projects in 20 communities.



MONTPELIER, VT - April 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The recession hasn’t made finding affordable housing for average Vermonters any easier, according to a new report released today.